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It's always so uplifting to see this post on SO. With _that_ accepted answer. After so long... :D
So I got accepted to M.Sc abroad, and while it is by itself a very uplifting event, it was nothing compared to the satisfaction I derived from telling my boss that I quit.2
As is the case with many of you, I am also the de facto technology fixer for my family, and usually the first one they call when something goes wrong.
Usually it's a 'something wants to update, should I do it?' simple issue. Other times I have to remote connect to see why Word isn't uploading templates correctly or whatever.
Yesterday was different though.
Me: So whatcha need?
Mom: Well, my office has recently wanted me to be remote-capable in case they need me for something and they don't have the right people to fix it (she's been working at the same office for 20+ years and knows basically everything)
Me: Okay. So I guess they're setting up a VPN for this?
Mom: Yes. And I was calling because they might try and install it on my personal laptop and I wanted to know whether or not I should be concerned about our IT guys being able to look at or steal all my personal data.
I then proceeded to explain how a VPN works and that convincing her company to provide her with a separate computer would be the safest option and whatnot. But I was honestly really surprised that she was concerned to begin with.
For a while now, it seems there's been one story after another of companies being irresponsible with their customer's data, with little to no reprocussion or action that could really make a difference.
But as a direct result, we're now getting to the point where even the tech illiterate are becoming more aware of how this is effecting them.
It gave me hope for the future in an industry where many times there is very little. And I hope it does for you as well.
Thanks, mom. I'm proud of you.2